The entry level of substance abuse within our community has decreased at an alarming level. Learners are beginning to indulge in substances such as alcohol, marijuana and ecstasy from grade 4 levels. The facilitators of the Anti-Drug Forum who have been busy in the schools of Chatsworth this year have come across learners who have openly admitted to indulging in these substances. More and more learners are succumbing to the allure of drugs and substance abuse on a daily basis.
It is in the interest of the learners and our future generation that we appeal to the parents and Educators of the school to take charge and eradicate this problem. Some of the warning signs to look out for are: Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual, Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain, Deterioration of physical appearance, Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing, Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination, Drop in performance at work or school, Unexplained need for money, Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviours, Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies, Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities), mood swings, withdrawn or sudden angry outbursts. It is imperative that learners
The Anti-Drug Forum offers a range of programs to assist with substance abuse. Our programs for the learners have been specifically designed to assist learners addicted to substances as well as provide them with coping skills and positive adjustment mechanisms. One of these programs includes the Early Intervention Program for learners experimenting with dagga which runs for 5 weeks.
If you suspect your child or a learner is using drugs you may bring them to our offices on 17 Trisula Avenue, Arena Park Chatsworth, or contact us for assistance on 031 404 6993.
Many communities throughout South Africa are experiencing a drug problem. More and More learners especially are experimenting at a very young age. Primary school learners are smoking cigarettes in large numbers and an unacceptable number are experimenting with marijuana or dagga. Adults are also addicted in large numbers.
The Bikers in Amanzimtoti realize that this scenario also exists in their area. They formed an organization called “Bikers Against Drugs” (BAD). They are serious about dealing with the substance abuse problem in their community. BAD heard about the work that the Anti-Drug Forum did for the past 9 years. They approached the ADF for support in tackling the problem. Brainstorming sessions were held at the ADF Centre with staff and volunteers. Sam Pillay the director of the Anti-Drug Forum also addressed the community leaders in Amanzimtoti.
Sam Pillay said “we are willing to share the 9 years of experience that we have with the substance abuse problem. We have developed effective education and awareness rehab models. The schools have already indicated that they want to adopt our SMART Club initiative in their schools. We believe this is the only way to win this battle. We want to extend our services far and wide.”
The ADF is willing to assist in establishing organizations in all areas. If you would like to assist in any way or require our services you may contact our offices on 031 404 6993/ email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our line of work we have seen first-hand the disastrous effects substance abuse can have on family and friends. The loved ones of the addict come through not knowing what to do or how to handle the fact that someone they love has been lost to drugs. We find that parents especially do not understand where they went wrong with their children and are lost as to how to move forward or deal with the situation thereafter.
We at the ADF would like to tell parents and loved ones that you are not alone. In our therapeutic sessions you will find that there are many people out there going through the same situation as you are. It is important for us to come together and unite in the fight against substance abuse; a strong support system is the foundation of progress. We must not let each other succumb to the negative effects of substance abuse. With the support of one another you can help each other to share experiences and find ways forward as well as help your loved ones in the process.
The support groups will take place at the ADF centre on 17 Trisula Avenue, Arena Park Chatsworth from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.
For further information you may contact us on 031 404 6993/ email: email@example.com
For many years now the issue of substance abuse has been infiltrating our homes and our
communities. It is not easy to eradicate the dealer with so many more coming up. However
together we can eradicate the need for the dealer. Many people are unaware of the negative effects of substances from a drug to marijuana to a drug such as sugars. The nature of the addict is not vastly understood therefore the attempts to rehabilitate are often not successful.
Sam Pillay Director of the Anti-Drug Forum said “Medication alone will not be sufficient to
holistically rehabilitate the substance abuse dependent, there is also a need for psycho-social sessions to be implemented in conjunction with the medication thus stabilizing the substance abuse dependent both physically and psychologically and preventing relapse. Many people out there feel that no one understands their situation and use short-cut methods in the process of looking for a quick fix resulting in relapse. There are also many parents out there unaware of the signs and symptoms to look for in their children as well as many children who do not understand the seriousness of indulging in these substances. We would like to educate the community on the nature of substance abuse as well as provide them with the necessary assistance. Together we can strive for a drug free community.”
The Anti-Drug Forum has embarked on an education and awareness initiative to empower and educate our community on the dangers of substance abuse. We will be visiting various organizations in order to disseminate information on our services as well as provide the audience with the necessary information on substance abuse to enabling them to deal with it accordingly. If you would like the Anti-Drug Forum to come to your Organization, Company or community, please do not hesitate to contact us on 031 404 6993/ Email a request through firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ADF Team,